Well hello there!
It’s that time of year again where we all shake off our Christmas hangovers, and make a fresh start for the year ahead. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions and the inevitable #detox hype that ensues; but I’m definitely a fan of setting solid goals for the year ahead. A fresh start is a fresh start, after all.
So without further ado, here are my goals for the year ahead – I’d love to hear yours in the comments
Life & Lifestyle
My biggest plan for the year is to take a few months out and travel around Latin America. I’ve previously lived in Colombia and Mexico for extended periods of time, and so Latin America has always had a place in my heart. I recently went back to Mexico for a short break, and it sparked something in me – as of right now I’m toying between two very different sets of travel plans, so will keep you updated as soon as I know what’s what!
This also means that the focus of this blog is going to shift a little bit – I can’t wait to write more about keeping fit on the road, and when surrounded by yummy food (and an endless supply of margaritas)!
This goes hand in hand with my travel plans – I definitely plan on doing more blogging, and most likely changing the focus of my blog from running to overall wellness. I’ve made some really positive shifts in my mentality and fitness over the past year, and can’t wait to share them with you as the year goes on!
Lead a more minimalist and less purchase-based lifestyle
My perspective on this definitely shifted when I was in Mexico last year. I was living out of a tiny backpack of only 4kg (I actually took my 20L run commuting backpack). I obviously carried as little as possible, and avoided buying things I didn’t need. Since coming back, I’ve definitely stuck to a more minimalist, less purchase-based lifestyle, and since I’m going off backpacking, a minimalist lifestyle will definitely help me both save money, and prepare me for living out of a backpack for a few months.
I’m also trying to make more sustainable choices when it comes to my purchases. So for instance, I now have a KeepCup for the occasional coffee, a Chilly’s water bottle for impromptu refills, and I’ve started buying more sustainably-minded brands such as Patagonia.
In 2017 I read 52 books in a year – which was quite the undertaking! I’m not going to set such a lofty goal for 2019, but I’d like to average 2 books a month – so 24 in total. I’m hoping to track them throughout the year – so watch this space!
Be a better vegan
I made the transition into a plant-based diet at the start of 2017, and to be honest it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. That being said, I do find myself lapsing occasionally, such as when I’m hormonal and a coworker has brought in homemade cake. I try not to beat myself up about these lapses; becoming vegan is a huge lifestyle change, and so I always knew that it would take a few years to transition. Nonetheless, I want to be a better vegan, and so I’ve been to the shops and have stocked up on all kinds of Accidentally Vegan goodies, so I’m always prepared!
Keeping this one super simple – I’ve just started a Google Doc which I’ll update at the end of every day. I’ve found in past years that it really helps shift my focus to a more positive place.
Do more yoga
I started doing 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene over the Christmas break, and have committed to completing it, which will hopefully light a fire in me to move more and develop better core strength and back stability.
Learn to do a pull up
This was a goal for me way back in 2017, and unfortunately I didn’t achieve it, mostly due to laziness on my part. Nonetheless, I’m committing to having better all-round fitness, and doing a pull up is one of my biggest strength goals for the year!
Two years ago I had a nasty climbing fall which resulted in a really messed up ankle, a year out of running, and a general fear of heights. I’ve recently gotten back into climbing, and whilst I’m physically stronger than ever, my confidence needs work as I still have a lot of anxiety around climbing – especially bouldering, which doesn’t involve ropes at all. I’ve signed up to a months membership at my local bouldering gym so … watch this space!
So that’s pretty much it! Of course, I’m going to continue running, and maybe enter a few races towards the end of the year. But for now, my goals are all about being a more rounded person, in terms of fitness and overall lifestyle too!
So tell me, what are your goals for 2019?
Lots of love,